Minors – Age of Majority – Virginia
“Adult” means a person 18 years of age or more.
Title 1, Chapter 2.1, Article 2, § 1-203.
For the purposes of all laws of the Commonwealth including common law, case law, and the acts of the General Assembly, unless an exception is specifically provided in this Code, a person shall be an adult, shall be of full age, and shall reach the age of majority when he becomes 18 years of age.
Title 1, Chapter 2.1, Article 2, § 1-204.
“Child,” “juvenile,” “minor,” “infant,” or any combination thereof means a person less than 18 years of age.
Title 1, Chapter 2.1, Article 2, § 1-207.
Age of Majority
By judicial petition at age 16 (§16.1-331 et seq.)
Voidable subject to making restitution when possible with various exceptions for necessities (common law)
Ability to Sue
Next friend; defendant infant represented by guardian ad litem (§8.01-8)
Consent to Medical Treatment
Minors may consent to treatment for venereal disease, pregnancy, substance abuse, or mental illness. Married minors may consent to any treatment (§54.1-2969 (E)).